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Trump hits Biden for ‘border bloodbath,’ says prez allowed ‘monster’ who killed Ruby Garcia back in US

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hammered President Biden on illegal immigration during a campaign stop in Michigan Tuesday, accusing his rival of causing a “bloodbath” both across the country and in the Mitten State.

“I stand before you today to declare that Joe Biden’s border bloodbath — and that’s what it is, it’s a bloodbath, they tried to use that term incorrectly on me two weeks ago,” Trump began his remarks in Grand Rapids, referring to a recent controversy over identical comments about the consequences of Biden’s election for America’s auto industry.

The 77-year-old then addressed the murder of 25-year-old Ruby Garcia, who was found fatally shot on the side of a highway on March 22.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S., April 2, 2024. REUTERS

Garcia’s boyfriend, Brandon Ortiz-Vite — who was deported in 2020 and had a list of outstanding charges against him — turned himself in and admitted to shooting Garcia after the pair had an argument, according to local reports.

The former president, who wrongly gave Garcia’s age as 17 during his remarks, said the woman “was savagely murdered by an illegal alien criminal.

“Under the Trump administration, this monster had been deported, thrown out of the country,” Trump went on. “He wasn’t going to be able to come back, [because] you just have to look at the charts, it was very, very hard to get in, but he came back — and we threw him out of the country and crooked Joe Biden took him back.”

Ortiz-Vite, a Mexico native was “set loose to roam in Michigan by politicians that are left and weak and stupid,” the former president added, before vowing “we’re going to deliver justice for Ruby.”

“This is somebody who had many, many arrests including for some very bad crimes that he committed, and he was set loose to roam our streets,” Trump said.

Ortiz-Vite has been charged in Kent County with felony murder, open murder, carjacking, carrying a concealed weapon and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Trump was joined by local law enforcement on stage, who he said he discussed Michigan crime with. REUTERS
Ruby Garcia was found fatally shot on the side of a highway on March 22. Gofundme
Brandon Ortiz-Vite, 25, is alleged to have shot and killed Ruby Garcia, 25. Kent County Jail

Trump had said Monday he would “love” to see Garcia’s family at his rally “if they’d like to be there,” but they were not present.

During his remarks, however, Trump said had spoken to “some” of Garcia’s family and noted he had also met with relatives of Laken Riley, a 22-year-old Georgia nursing student who police say was killed by an illegal migrant Feb. 22.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Garcia’s death was “terrible news” but warned against making “grandiose, bumper-sticker statements about what this means for border security.”

The Trump campaign is leaning into the “bloodbath” rhetoric to go after Joe Biden. REUTERS

The Michigan stop was the first of two on Trump’s Tuesday calendar. He was due to address a rally in Green Bay, Wis. in the evening, completing a swing through two states he narrowly won in 2016 and narrowly lost in 2020.

In conjunction with the rallies, the Trump campaign launched a BidenBloodbath.com website, focusing on President Biden’s border policies while doubling down on the 45th president’s grim rhetoric.

“He is allowing vicious criminals into the United States, and innocent Americans across the country are paying the price,” the site reads. “Lethal drugs, cartels, gangs, and terrorists are taking advantage of the crisis to enter the US and threaten America. This is an invasion aided and abetted by Joe Biden, supported by Democrats who vote for his dangerous and cruel policies. This is Biden’s border bloodbath.”

The White House has pushed for Congress to pass a bipartisan bill giving Biden more funds to secure the border, but the bill has been stymied by Republicans who argued it was redundant to powers the president already enjoys, but has chosen note to exercise.

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